Leg Pain...Here we go again

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   Posted 6/9/2009 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I am really down today. I was up and down most of last night with a stabbing pain in my left thigh going to the knee. This one is familiar. I had it about 10 years ago and ended up having a laminectomy and fusion to fix it. The surgery fixed the leg pain but added to the chronic back pain in the process. Now the leg pain has returned. darn, I thought once fixed these pains did not return. I remember asking the surgeon at the time if it could come back. His answer was possible but highly unlikely. Always so helpful. Well, now it's back. I hope that it is just something I have done recently and some rest will calm things down. But this is sooo much like before I am concerned.

Has anybody in the group had this kind of pain return?

Degenerative disc disease since 1985, 4 back surgeries, fused from L2-S1, instrumentation. Being treated for chronic pain. Oxycodone 30 mg. IR. Candidate for SCS in the future.

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   Posted 6/9/2009 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear this. I have no experience with this kind of pain, but obviously a laminectomy is no guarantee that the pain in your leg should never return. I suppose the leg pain was caused by pressure on the spinal cord or trauma to the same. There is no reason why another ailment should not result in the same (or a quite similar) pain. I think a visit to the doctor is in order.

Guess the fear of history repeating itself must be pretty intense. The sooner you get a diagnosis the better you'll feel I guess (at least that's the case with me), not knowing is always so hard. Wish there was more I could tell you, but alas ...

Please keep us posted.
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   Posted 6/9/2009 12:09 PM (GMT -6)   

I have a MRI in the morning for the exact same pain. When I went to the PM doctor yesterday, he ranged my whole body during the exam. When I got home by 10PM, the pain in my right leg was shooting down my leg, the flexiril didnt touch it. This is the pain I had before both discectomies on T11. I am afraid to see what the MRI shows but at least I will have answers to what I have to do and live with. Did you update your MD? It might just be a pinched nerve.


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   Posted 6/9/2009 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
ModelMaker, wish I had something to say other than sending you lots of soft hugz...
My pain came from a car accident in 1997, at the time the doctor in the ER said
"you sprained the whole left side of your spine", and he didn't even do any x-rays..
well, the upper spine got better with chiropractic treatments and exercise and
it hurts now with fibro, but my lower back just never got better and is getting worse,
yet the doctors look at me and says you seem to tolerate it and I wish I could just let
them feel what I feel for just a moment, but today, Doctors just don't get it or have a
Lots and Lots of soft hugz and hope your feeling better soon, try an ice pack, might help...
* Asthma, Allergies, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenative Disc, Fibromyalgia, Gerd,
Enlarged Pituitary Gland, Sjogren's and Ocular Migraines


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   Posted 6/9/2009 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   


I just want to say how sorry I am and how disappointed you must feel. I would hug you too, if I was there. I have pain in both legs, but never had surgergy. I think you have to be very fortunate to find a good doctor, I never have. They seem to want to just brush you off. I pray a lot and always have visions of finding a Dr. House. A Doctor that won't give up and one that knows more than we do.

I pray your pain calms down and goes away.

I too wish, I had words of wisdom. I try to give it to God b/c man (the doctors) have disappointed me and my husband so often.

I hope your pain goes away for you and you find some comfort and peace some way.

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   Posted 6/9/2009 11:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry I'm out it today and not making many posts. But sadly I think there's no surefire predicting of nerves and spines. It might even be a different nerve, or the same nerve being compressed in a different location.

I would get to your doctor soon and have it evaluated.

Wish I could help more.


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   Posted 6/10/2009 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Modelmaker,

I'm sorry to hear that your leg pain has returned! That must be incredibly frustrating! You went through so much in order to take care if it & not it is back, plaguing you again! Of course I'm not a doctor, I just wonder if you could possibly have an in-trapped nerve that is causing this pain to reappear without warning? I'm sure you have a lot of scar tissue back there, so it seems plausible to me, that one of the nerves traveling through that region have been contrif

I hope you can figure this out & start feeling better!


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   Posted 6/11/2009 5:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Modelmaker, I have been out for a couple days. And I am trying to catch up with everyone now. Sorry I am posting late to this. I am so sorry you are experiencing this. I do hope that you will go to the doctor and see what exactly is going on with your leg. I know it is aggravating and very frustrating for you to have yet another thing happening. I am sorry and I will keep you in my thoughts. Please go and get this checked out. I do hope you are feeling better. Keep us posted.

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   Posted 6/11/2009 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for responding to my post. I think it was either a false alarm or a wake up call. I have been overdoing some things lately. A combination of yardwork and modelmaking that puts me in positions of bending at the waist for periods of time. It probably was a pinched nerve. I have been taking an enforced (by my wife) breather from some of that kind of work. More time resting between jobs and a focus on sitting and standing straighter all seemed to have eliminated the problem for now. But it just shows me how close the problem is lurking out there. A couple of wrong moves, bending over a model too long and BAM!

I did notice that when I had the really intense nerve pain, the oxycodone did not seem to touch it. It will handle the lower level pain but not the intense nerve pain. I guess I have been on it long enough to develop a high tolerance. I hate to go up in dose and if I behave (wife's term) I can avoid that.

Again, thank you all my friends for your concern. It really helped in a bad situation.

Degenerative disc disease since 1985, 4 back surgeries, fused from L2-S1, instrumentation. Being treated for chronic pain. Oxycodone 30 mg. IR. Candidate for SCS in the future.

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